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updated: 3/21/2014 5:58 PM

Lombard pedestrian tunnel work to start soon

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  • The Lombard Metra station is due for an upgrade.

      The Lombard Metra station is due for an upgrade.
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Lombard's no-frills Metra station will receive a makeover starting this spring with a pedestrian underpass plus canopies and shelters on the platforms.

Metra directors Friday approved an $8 million contract with John Burns Construction Co. with work expected to start this spring and last 10 months.

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Currently, pedestrians use walkways across the tracks to reach the other side. The improvements are part of a series of safety upgrades along the Union Pacific West Line.

Several governments are sharing the cost of the project with Metra contributing $3.7 million, Union Pacific adding $3.3 million, the Illinois Commerce commission $750,000 and the village of Lombard $300,000.

Features include new retaining walls, accessible ramps, new platform shelters, canopies and landscaping.

In a separate contract, Burns and UP will rebuild the station platforms.

Along the UP West Line, Wheaton is also due for a pedestrian overpass as part of the construction program.

UP officials said each station was assessed independently for safety needs in 2007-2008, which resulted in the upgrade plan.

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